Keith Curcio 2016 Outlook
Curcio caught a lot of eyes with the start of his 2015 season, but one of the things that happens frequently when you talk with fans is that they remember how a guy started up to a certain point, and then they assume that level of performance to have carried forward. Curcio certainly didn’t carry it forward, most notably at the plate with the plate discipline. That said, coming into 2015, if anyone would have told me that Keith Curcio is someone I would have considering where he fit within the Braves future, I’d have thought they were nuts, so he did do something to show that he’s worth considering going forward with the big league club.
One of the great things within the re-made Braves scouting and development department is identifying a guy’s skills and how to best use those skills early in his career. Curcio showed enough for Braves brass to believe he could be valuable in a utility role, and if he can get his pitch recognition skills back to what they were with Rome, he could have some Martin Prado type of value for the organization going forward. He is a guy who played both infield and outfield in college, so the multi-position thing doesn’t terribly distract him.
I’d expect to see spring determine his starting spot, whether it be in Carolina to keep working on that pitch recognition or to Mississiippi to keep moving up in the system if he shows improvement in that area during spring.